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, election headquarters, george stephanopoulos. >> hello, again, just 30 days now until the final votes and after the most intense week yet of this campaign, mitt romney has momentum. national polls show him gaining ground and his crowds have picked up and last night in florida, romney opened up telling about his last visit with an old friend paralyzed in a tragic accident. >> they pushed his wheelchair forward and he came up and i reached over and put my arm on his shoulder and i whispered into his ear and i said, billy, i love you and god bless you. i got a call from a friend that he died the next day after that visit. it's rare that you get the chance to tell someone how much you love them when you still can. >> can romney keep gaining ground or will president obama maintain his advantage in those battleground states that matter most? we'll look at the race from all angles this morning and begin with the campaign's ed gillespie and robert gibbs for barack obama and, robert, let me begin with you. how much difference did governor romney make wednesday night. >> look, i think governor
wins this presidential election they'll be paying the bill not to reduce the deficit, not to reduce jobs, to give huge tax cuts. >> the idea of the president is not going to tell the truth, this has become the theme inside the romney camp. >> you learned and studied all this about president obama as a debater, what are you looking? >> i think he's going to say a lot of things that aren't accurate. i would be tempted to go back to that line by ronald reagan, there you go again. >> your campaign has gone overboard at times with the rhetoric, are you worried that president obama is going to have a rough night with fact check ners. >> absolutely not. we still believe that this is going to be a close race. the reason, you know, governor romney is having a rough patch here is not because what we're sieg about his plans, it's his plans. look in the mirror. people don't want to go back to the same trickle-down policies in the first recession. also, this 47 .comment, you know, i think the message that e sends to american people, if he has written off half the country, they're not his concern
. with election day just 32 days away, both sides realize how important it s -- it is. first came the numbers. the unemployment rate fell. it's down from 142,000 in august but on par with what many economists predicted. then came the reaction. >> this morning we found that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest rate since i took office. >> reporter: the president cited the report as evidence his policies is working. >> today's news is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: romney has been critical of the white house, failing to get it below 8%. >> unemployment above 8%. >> reporter: today without the benchmark romney found areas to fault the opponent. >> the unemployment rate has come down very, very slowly. the reason it has come down is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have stopped looking for work. >> reporter: also if elected, mitt romney is promising to add 12 million jobs. by the way, the next jobs report comes out the friday before election day.
's 30 days until the election day, and the obama campaign has just released a staggering fund-raising number. george stephanopoulos is here to talk about who has more momentum heading into this final month before the election. >> 30 days to go, as you say, and look who is getting the last word on the presidential debate. he found himself in the cross fire, and last night, big bird hitting back. he went on "snl." he really is big when you see him next to a human being and he was, let's just, say diplomatic about the whole thing. we'll tell you what he said coming up. >> but first ginger zee with more on that freeze warning in parts of the country, we're wearing long sleeves, ginger. >> i felt it this morning as did so many millions of americans across the nation. let's start with a look at just how cold it is this morning. it's not just freeze warnings, but it's freeze watches, frost advisories that cover the nely two dozen states this morning. amarillo even, 37 degrees, wichita is 36. kansas city, right above the freezing mark. now, what happens is we look for today's highs, a
-on-one, the candidates debate. now reporting from abc news election headquarters in new york, diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos. >> and good evening. this is it, the biggest night in the ration for the white house 2012. and we are so glad you are joining us, as the presidential gladiators get ready to walk into a big arena. there's the stage. president barack obama, governor mitt romney are standing by in the wings right now and jofgeor it is hard to imagine the pressure on them. as many of 60 million of us could be watching tonight. >> first of three debates. and the first debates almost always help the challenger. mitt romney needs it. it's a tight race, he's behind. >> and tonight, to cover it all, our team, inside the debate hall. and keeping watch in our fact check desk, and also, with us right here in the studio, the insiders from both parties, ready to weigh in on who woman and the big moments we'll remember tomorrow. >> the moderator tonight, jim lehrer from pbs. he's moderat 12 debates, more than anybody else. here he is right now. >> good evening, from the magnus arena at the universit
and romney debate. many of the issue that could be deciding factors in the election. both candidates were aggressive as they talked act the economy, health care and the role of the government. karen travers breaks down the argument. >> reporter: the president and romney finally went head to head. right out of the gate the candidates boiled down their economic arguments. >> governor romney, has a perspective that says if we cut taxes, go toward the wealthy and roll back regulation that we will be better off. i have a different view. >> the president has a view similar to the one he had when he ran four years ago. if you will trickle down government would work. that's not the right answer former. >> reporter: his comments about the 47% have taken a toll on his campaign. even before that leaked video show that americans think he favors the wealthy. tonight he wanted to try to change that perspective. >> the people who are having the hard time right now are middle income americans. under the president's policies they have been buried. they are just being crushed. i will not under any circu
into more votes on election day? we have more on what we are hearing the campaign trail today. i'm sure this is what ever is talking about. >> reporter: it is. they -- interesting thing. will it impact the election? couple of ways to break it down. one to look at historicly. that's what gollup did, taking a look at the last other years of debates, they found two impacted the election. in 1960 with nixon and kennedy and in 2000 with bush and gore. the other thing, is to look at what happened today when romney saw the story line shift in his direction. the republican nominee couldn't resist another stop in denver. he surprised colorado's action committee by joining his sons on stage and talking of feeling the energy. >> i said the president's vision has trickle down government and i don't think that's what american believes in. i see instead a prosperity that comes through freedom. >> reporter: the president made a denver appearance as well. he said last night's debate also reminded him of two things, both named romney. >> the real romney has been running around the country for the last
mitt romney and president barack obama, with only 34 days to go before the election. did someone win the great debate? >>> making the grade. they advised george w. bush, al gore and sarah palin before their famous debates. with the stakes so high, what marks do our political insiders give these candidates? we'll tell you, in the "nightline" report card. >>> and, what's your percent? are you in the 47%? what does it take to be in the 1% of the 1%? this year, the percentage has taken on a life of its own, and we get right to the point. >> announcer: fromhe global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is a special edition of "nightline," one-on-one, the candidates debate, october 3rd, 2012. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. tonight, a high stakes showdown as president barack obama and mitt romney took the stage in denver to go head to head for the first time. an estimated 60 million americans tuned in to watch this critical moment in an often contentious presidential campaign with the election just 34 days away. crucial swing vote
i.d. law from taking full effect before the presidential election. >> at the end of the day this is a victory for democrats because they can argue that no longer would the kind of voters that they want to bring to the polls are encouraged to go to the polls will be turned away. at the same time, for republicans, winning pennsylvania was always a stretch. >> reporte voters can still be asked for identification but can't be discouraged from voting or disenfranchised if they dent have the proper i.d. >> they can go ahead and vote anyway. but the safe bet is to have i.d. and speed the whole process. >> reporter: supporters of voter i.d.s say the laws weren't passed to exclude voters just to protect against voepter fraud. critics say the real issue is voter suppression, not voter fraud, pointing out nearly every state legislature that passed tougher voter i.d. laws is controlled by republicans. >> this is a victory today for the people and a loss for the scheming and lying legislators in harrisburg who thought they could hijack the presidential election. >> reporter: the judge's
. >> for 18 months he has been running on this tax plan. and, now, five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: now top democrats and liberal pundits bemoan a missed opportunity. >> i don't know what he was doing out there, had his head down, enduring the debate rather than fight. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there, president obama didn't want to be there. >> reporter: some blamed denver's high elevation for his performance. >> when you go to 5,000 feet, and you have a few hours to adjust. >> that's interesting. >> i don't know. >> the president spent much time looking down at his podium take notes. and squandered easy opportunities to go after romney. such as this moment. >> i like pbs. i like big bird. i like you too. but i am not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from chon ina to p for it. a wide opening. the president took more than 14 hours to come up with a come? back. >> thank goodness, somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it is about time. >> reporter: many top democrats suggest one o
you with us this sunday night. there are just 37 days until the election but tonight we are focused on a more urgent countdown. just three days until the crucial first debate between president obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters to see the candidates side by side and what many say is a make or break opportunity for governor romney to try to narrow the gap in the polls. tonight both sides are in debate prep and both sides trying to lower expectations. and there was a notable exception, though, with one of romney's top supporters said on abc's "this week." it's "your voice your vote" abc's david kerley starts us off in washington tonight. >> reporter: mitt romney went to church but this sunday wasn't a day just for prayers. it's preparation. cramming by the candidates for their big debate. and republican chris christie made a bold prediction on abc's "this week." >> every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments, he has come through in the debate and performed extraordinarily well so i have absolute confidence thursday morning
dramatizing the raid that killed osama bin laden will make its debut just two days before the election. the national geographic channel denies there was any political motivation. it says the air date was chosen to kick off the fall season. >>> american airlines is cancelling or delaying dozens of flights today to fix a safety problem with its loose seats. the carrier says it is finally figured out what was causing the problem. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: american has grounded half its fleet of 757s, its domestic long-range workhorse, taking out for a second round of faa monitored fixes to prevent passenger seats from becoming dislodged in the air. the airline engineering team decided the locking mechanism that secures the seats to the floor, must be enhanced. >> we have a unique situation of a track that had become somewhat worn. and it was where some soda spilled down over time and allowed the seats to become dislodged. >> reporter: another setback for american airlines which suffered record delays in september, for what it claims were labor troubles. claiming its pilots inte
. >>> with five weeks to go until the presidential election, both are preparing for the debate in colorado. president barack obama is in henderson, nevada, conducting a strategy run through, republican nominee, mitt romney, is in denver, he attend ad rally last night, previewing a line on the attack. >> we've had 43 straight months with unemployment ove 8%. what does the president have to say? he says forward. i think forewarned is a better term. >> according to the latest abc washington post poll, 56% of americans think the president will win the debate. watch the action wednesday night beginning at 9:00 he on abc 2. >>> delegate anthony o'donnell will be in college park. he is running for congress, and will be the guest speaker at the college republican. he is a minority leader and the maryland house of delegates and running in the 5th congressional district. >>> retailers could benefit from shoppers holiday spirit. holiday sales will total more than $586 billion. that's an increase of 4.1 point from last year, report indicates people will use the internet to do the shopping. on line sho
election, and they again found some this here, who died, some have been dead for years. >> we found two voters that have died and who voted after their date of death. >> now, keller says that at a nursing home out of the 90 registered voters, 42 were dead but their names were active on the rolls. she thinks the election board ought to mind the books better. >>> with just one more full day to prepare for the first debate, president obama and mitt romney are doing the same thing, they are playing down their own debating skills. they are taughting the other's talents, the latest poll shows a close gap. karen traverse has more from washington. >> reporter: this campaign has been going on for nearly two years. finally, it is debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama is rehearsing with john kerry while mitt romney is squaring off against rob portman. both have challenges and check lifts. is working on shorter answers and trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look
the election, he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: other topics included medicare reform and the president's health care reform law. while there wasn't a knockout punch by either side, some feel the president may have been too relaxed. >> this time, he seemed just a little detached at times. didn't want to be there. >> reporter: most agree romney led the debate. and after lagging in many polls, this first match-up could give him the boost he needed. >> knowing he's behind and he needs to win. and he came in and fought that fight stylistically. i think he put the president on defense a number of times. >> reporter: now, the candidates aren't wasting any time. they're getting back on the campaign trail today. and the big next week when the vice presidential candidates go one-on-one in kentucky. live in denver, brandi hitt. back to you. >> big issues and controversies in the headlines last few weeks, never mentioned last night. >> reporter: definitely. that's what's interesting, rob and paula. you talk to the analysts. and a lot of people were waiting for president obama to
the and as the election draws near the candidates are laser focus on job creation in their campaign pitches. >> we have a different view about how to create jobs and prosperity. this country doesn't succeed when only the rich get richer. >> i want to keep taxes down on small business so we can create jobs. this is about good jobs for the american people. >> reporter: when asked who would best handle unemployment, voters surveyed in a cnn orc poll taken before the week's debate picked romney by a 51- 45% margin over obama. today's numbers will be especially scrutinized because after this there is just one more jobs report expected before the november election. in washington, i am emily schmidt. >> the job report the numbers are due out by 8:30 this morning. >> claims are up about 367,000 americans filed for first time unemployment benefits last week. that's 4,000 more than the week before. those numbers are important because they serve as an indicator to how healthy the job market is overall. >>> in news around the nation this morning, drivers in california are getting a shock when they fill up at the p
for intense practice, the polls show americans overwhelming with the election and the president lose. in a new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absolutely confident when we get to thursday morning, george. >> reporter: president obama is keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has got to be president. this is the guy that killed osama bin laden. i think he can stand up to mitt romney but he's got to relax. >> mitt romney keeps hammering president obama's foreign policy. in a new op-ed, romney calls for a new strategy in the middle east. at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. >>> the supreme court convened for its new term with a full docket of hot-button issues like affirm
. >> if the state board of elections are relying on the department of health and mental hygiene as the sole source of information, then why are we having all these dead people. something is not working. the state of maryland will not remove a dead voter if they die out of the state. >> reporter: there are several checks in place. baltimore city elections board said every year they purge hundreds provided by the state and requests by families. jones said they have to be careful about removing people from those rolls. >> if we're not notified from -- of a death, then the name stays. we used to get it in writing from the local court. now it's give tonight state and the state purges those names from the voter rolls. >> reporter: hey said they sent the -- he said they sent the results to the state but have not heard back about the findings. katie brown said they reviewed that information and have taken steps to verify that information and will act if they find any issues. roosevelt leftwich, abc2 news. >> a beautiful fall day. october the 1st. >> but little rain might be coming our way. look who's back
experienced debaters, with more than 50 presidential primary and general election debates between them. though they have their weaknesses, they both have considerable strengths. as president obama touched down in denver, he brought the experience of 22 previous president debates, primary and general election with him. we've seen him draw upon his command in being able to make a bold pledge. >> if we have osama bin laden in our sights, and the pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then i think that we have to act and we will take them out. >> reporter: and we've seen him tap his reservoir of righteousness to make a strong attack. >> you said we knew where the weapons of mass destruction were. you were wrong. you said that we were going to be greeted as liberators. you were wrong. >> reporter: tonight will be mitt romney's 36th presidential debate. though his first as nominee. his team is hoping he'll show the agility we've seen him display. >> if people are looking for someone who will discriminate against gays, they won't find that in me. >> when is the last time you st
anticipated night of the election season. tory dunnan joins us at the site of the first debate. i know the candidates are behind closed doors in debate mode. a lot of pressure coming up in the next 24 hours. >> reporter: kelly, you got that right. both campaigns say these candidates have actually met each other a few times in person but they'll be seeing a lot of each other tomorrow night in denver in the first of three presidential debates. the campaign trail is quiet today as each campaign honkers down to study in the final hours. the president is in nevada sparring with massachusetts senator john kerry, playing the role of mitt romney. >> it's not so much winning or losing or the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about somethingigger than that. >> reporter: romney meanwhile is in denver. ohio senator rob port man is doing his best obama impersonation. it has the president beating nationally by three points within the margin of error. despite a rough couple of weeks, however, romney is well within striking distance. right here on the stage, for the first time the two
will continue until election day on november 6th. cheryl conner abc2 news. >>> so called popular kids thought they pulled off a prank. it backfired. now they are embarrassed on tv ne. find out what happened here. >> it is cool overhead now. spotty showers moving across the state. it is a warm up in the seven- day forecast. that's coming up. >>> 16-year-old high school student was honored for the high school court as a prank. now the joke is on the bully. >> reporter: it was the whirl wind weekend that wasn't supposed to be. hummer limo at the homecoming dance. standing ovation on the football field. sophomore whitney on the homecoming court in her michigan high school. last week she found out her nomination for homecoming queen was a prank engineered by bullies. 16-year-old was so upset she thought about suicide. >> i thought i wasn't worthy. >> reporter: with the help of family and friends support whitney facebook page was set up receiving 20,000 likes. her story touching people around the country and the world. >> i want her to know there are people here for her. >> reporter: in a rally of
-class. >> now, five weeks before the election he is saying his big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: the debate later turned to the president's health care law which romney says he will get rid of if elected. >> it cuts $716 billion from medicare to pay for it. i want to put that money back in medicare. it has killed jobs. >> reporter: but the president tried to bring it back to romney's own health care law which he says is quite similar. >> governor romney did a good thing working with democrats in the state to set up what is essentially the identical model. it hasn't destroyed jobs. >> reporter: there were few fireworks and there were even fewer surprises. both candidates were deliberate going through their policy points. rob, paula, at times that made it seem look they were more concerned with getting through their checklist than really connecting with voters watching at home. >> all right, karen. a moment when they were talking what programs would be cut. all of a sudden you heard sesame street, big bird, big bird started trending. tell us what happened? >> oh, yeah, don't let y
by electing mitt romney. >> reporter: the latest abc news/"washington post" poll shows the race for president is still very close, which means every word and gesture tonight could impact the election. brandi hitt, abc news, denver. >> thanks to brandi hitt. abc's coverage of tonight's debate begins at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> now, we turn to the trouble at american airlines. and actually progress on two fronts this morning. there is new movement in the bitter labor dispute between the airline and its pilots union. and also, the mystery of the seats that came loose during three, separate flights may have been solved. abc's tahman bradley is tracking all of the developments. good morning, tahman. that safety issue with those loose seats. what are we hearing now? >> reporter: well, rob, american airlines is now blaming the loose seats on clamps that were not installed properly. either by the airline's own crews or an outside contractor. the three incidents over the past week forced two emergency landings. and american scrambled to inspect its boeing 757s. some of the jets use a different
pick the candidate on the website before election day. then you have to be on the losing side if you want to win. >>> got the shock of his life when some good samaritans stopped him. a man followed a 62-year-old woman out of the store after she cashed her check. just before she got into her brother's car the thief pounced and snatches her pocketbook. several people who saw what happened they went after him and they grabbed him before he got away. >>> time now for five things on this thursday morning. tonight a vigil will be held commemorating the tenth anniversary of the deadly d.c. sniper attack at the goshen united methodist church in gaithersburg starting at 6:pro. >>> the obama administration is urging cuba to allow allen gross to see his personal doctor. that's because an american radiologist says that gross may have a cancerous growth on his shoulder. the 53-year-old has been behind bars in cuba since 2009. officials there say that he is healthy. >>> baltimore city no longer controls the edgar allan poe house and museum. it is turning the property over to the b and o railroad p
discipline action to come. >> 37 days until the election and in just three days the president and romney will go face to face in their first debate of the campaign. the president and romney off the campaign trail as they prepare for a game on in the debates. with the president pull ahead in the polls many say this debate is important for romney. >> don't think anyone would suggest the debates aren't important. i can't tell you how important it'll be. >> reporter: analysts say the first could make or break. the president report lid held up preparing to confront romney. >> closer to home high school students were hitting the streets this weekend with a message. the group intersection went door to door through northeast baltimore asking others to support the dream act with question four on the ballot in november and it would allow illegal immigrants to pay the discounted in-state tuition price if they attend maryland high schools and if they have filed tax returns. there. are a lot of people who work hard in school do their best and try and really deserve to go to college. >> opponents s
was executed in 2009. the others serving life without parole. >>> you know as we get closer to election day several groups are speaking out about the issues. tonight it was jump the broom for marriages. the group opposes marriage its for same sex couples and carried signs at the intersection of charles street and north avenue. several polls have shown a growing support for the measure. something jump the broom leaders say they have trouble believing. >> we do not believe that with in a month it has swayed 10%. so, we are definitely saying we don't agree with that, we are say that we believe marylanders will come out and vote against question 6. >> marylanders for marriage equality said several polls show that a majority of marylander support marriage for same sex couples. they say there is also support from the president. >>> abc2 working for you helping you understand the issues you need to vote on next month. there are a lot of ballot questions including question 6. there is also a question 4, it would let illegal immigrants to get the in-state college tuition discount. then question 7,
to election day. barack obama and mitt romney are tackling a number of issues in denver. a pa judge expected to rule about a new state law requiring every voter to present a photo id at the polls opponents say it will deprive some people of their right to vote. today find out if the latest search for jimmy hoffa's body turned up clues. they dug through concrete. soil samples are looked at to be sure they contain human remains. >>> maceys is ramping up hiring , the retailer says it plans to bring in 80,000 seasonal workers. they are needed to staff sales floors, store operations and call centers and shipping centers for on line orders. >>> today is live strong day. send a message of support through facebook or twitter. each message means $1 for on going cancer research. ikea is under fire for removing women from the saudi arabia version of the catalog. to look at the difference, the one on the right is the saudi catalog, the one on the left is what you normally see. this raised questions about commitment to gender equality. in saudi arabia, a woman must have a man's permission if they want to
for practice. americans overwhelmingly think the debate and election are the president's to lose. in a abc news washington post poll, out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect the president to win. this is the biggest lead so far when it comes to overall voter expectation. the debate could be a pivotal turning point for romney and his campaign. >> i have confidence when we get to thursday morning, george, you will shake your head saying it's a brand new race. >> mitt romney keeps hammering the president's foreign policy and romney says the current administration has been at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. >>> five things to know before heading out the door on monday morning. two americans died during the weekend in afghanistan and it happened during the fire fight at a u.s. checkpoint. since the beginning of the military operation in the country 11 years ago, 2000 means have been killed. >>> gm drivers the automaker is recalling 40,000 cars and suvs, the problem is a faulty fuel pump that could lead to a leak it afeghts cobecause the equinox on the and g5s and saturday-ion
days to go before the election, what impact will this have on the race? it's "your voice, your vote." and our david kerley is in orlando, florida, with the latest. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. mitt romney is here in florida, this battleground state. and he comes to florida without one of his most potent weapons because that jobs reporter raced the claim that the unemployment rate has been above 8% for nearly four years. that change completely altered the political landscape and narrative of the last week. in virginia, there was no public high-fiving. but the jobs numbers were cheered by supporters of the president. >> the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> reporter: also in virginia, mitt romney's post-debate momentum ran smack right into those breakthrough numbers. >> more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: romney tried to spin the unemployment rate. >> the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today, on the day the president got elected, the unemployme
, the expectations, people expect, president obama, by 2-1 to win the election. not that they're endorsing. if you look at just a year ago, by an 18-point margin, thought the president would lose. just in a matter of one year. >> expect him to win the debate convincingly as well. see what happens. when it comes to the race. it's much closer. when it comes to the race. shows the mitt romney at 49 losing to obama with 47. much closer in that regard. >> so the first one wednesday. then we have two more coming up. biggest one no doubt. >> 36 days to go. >> 36 days to go. my goodness. >> not that we are counting. >>> as the the war in afghanistan winds down, the u.s. military reached a grim new milestone. 2,000 service members have now died in the war. the latest casualty, it was over the weekend when a soldier died in a fire fight with afghan troops. an american civilian contractor was also killed in that battle. >>> all right, new findings this morning in the government's botched gun tracking program, fast and furious, with dozens more firearms linked to crimes in mexico. our new partner univision, r
in the history of motion pictures. and then all of a sudden, there's a recall election in california. and to become governor of the greatest state in the union. this is extraordinary. >> it certainly is. you write about how the day after you left the governorship, maria confronted you in the therapist's office. but she also confronted you many years before, correct? >> yes. i think losing the family, i just can't know how. >> do you think you should have? >> well, it's easy to be smart in hindsight. but the bottom line is, what it is then over what it is now, it's just one of the sad situations that i've created. and it's the worst thing i've ever done. >> worst thing you've ever done? worst secret? >> well, not just the worst secret. it's just it hurt so many people. and the mistakes and the failures that i've had in the past. and i write about all of them in the book. >> you do. >> because i always felt that it should be a book about me, and not just about my successes. because there's downsides, there's mistakes that i've made in politics, in personal life. in movies and so on. bu
, and your own house. but not your own facts. >> five weeks before the election, he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> did romney turn the race around? our powerhouse political team here live with all the latest. >>> home invasion. reports of shots fired at ashton kutcher's hollywood mansion. the s.w.a.t. team come in to arrest three employees at gunpoint. was it a high-stakes robbery or a hoax? >>> meet the bully. the man behind the e-mail who sparked national outrage. he's not backing down. what he's saying to her now. and how she's firing back. >>> and let's get ready to rumble. two titans of television, o'reilly and stewart, just days away from their own supersmackdown. just hours before their faceoff, jon stewart is here, going head-to-head. and he's in a fighting mood. >> oh, yeah. it's on. >>> little debate poster up there. good morning, america. glad to have lara back. elizabeth vargas here, as well. it was a big night for the white house. president obama and mitt romney facing off in the first crucial debate in denver. overnight polls give romney the win. the question,
correctly predict -- magazine has correctly predicted the results in four out of the last five elections. >>> stay with us this morning, coming up, one local cancer survivor sharing her story with those in howard county. we're going to tell you where you can meet her. details on this straight ahead. >>> one fisherman's vacation includes an incredible big fish story. he'll be telling this one for years, the massive whale shark that took a interest in that man's poat. boat. here you go little man. [ humming ] [ babbling ] the cheerios bandit got you again? [ both laugh ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios ...and now... you! [ giggles ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> a beet captain from south -- a boat captain from south georgia has quite a fish tale to tell. he and others were fishing about 30 miles off the coast of florida when he got to touch a whale shark. >> we experienced something that, as brad said there on the video, incredible, it's simply amazing, and i hope to have many more experiences like this because this is phenomenal. >> it's pretty cool. i can understand why he's so ex
five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big, bold idea is "nevermind." >> reporter: but now, top democrats and liberal pundits bemoan a missed opportunity. >> i don't know what he was doing out there. he had his head down. he was enduring the debate, rather than fighting it. >> it looked like romney wanted to be there, and president obama didn't want to be there. >> reporter: some even blamed denver's high elevation for the president's performance. >> when you go to 5,000 feet and only have a few hours to adjust, i don't know -- >> reporter: last night, the president spent much time looking down at his podium, taking notes. and he squandered easy opportunities to go after romney, such as this moment. >> i like pbs, i love big bird. i actually like you, too. but i'm not going to spend money on things -- >> reporter: a wide opening, but the president took more than 14 hours to come up with a comeback. >> thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it's about time. >> reporter: many top democrats suggest that one of the problems, maybe one common to i
months he's been running on the tax plan and now five weeks before the election he's saying the big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: there was this memorable moment. >> 20 years ago i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed the marry me. >> i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: despite that one moment, the candidates didn't seem to agree much and really pushed each other on their policies and proposals that were talked about during this debate. for what happens next? of course both campaigns will try to spin this and declare a victory of sorts, the surrogates are out and about and talking to members of the media. of course we're going to have to wait and see what the voters think. in denver, colorado, i'm tory dunnan, back to you. >> neither candidate is wasting any time after last night's debate. today they're both getting back out on the campaign trail this afternoon. president obama will speak at an event in denver before heading to columbus, ohio for another event that happens tonight. meanwhile mitt romney
's debate. and we have a new poll, asking americans how they would vote if the election were held right now. the abc news/"washington post" poll shows the two contenders separated just two points among likely voters. 36 days to go now before your voice, your vote. and abc's jake tapper and abc's david muir are traveling with the candidates to tell us how you train for a debate night that could change everything. jake leads us off. jake? >> reporter: diane, top obama campaign officials have been pouring over republican debate tapes, studying mitt romney. and according to one person familiar with the president's debate preparations, it has been exhausting work and the president is definitely out of practice, though, of course, the campaign has been trying to lower expectations. president obama has been practicing for the debates at the westin lake, las vegas, resort and spa. 17 miles from the las vegas strip. presidential debate veteran john kerry is participating in the mock debates, pretending to be a different patrician wealthy massachusetts politician mitt romney. yesterday, in las vegas,
. that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney as the next president of the united states. >> reporter: the vice president later said that the middle class pain was due to bush policiepol. the debate symbolizes a problem for the president. the economic collapse happened under bush, but four years later, families are still hurting. many in the middle class are barely treading water. all fodder for tomorrow night's debate in denver. the first lady is make her way there. first she stopped in ohio. where early voting began today. >> are we going sit back and watch everything we worked for and fought for to just slip way? >> reporter: ann romney got to colorado before her. >> we have a debate comes up. we're excited about that. we're focused. >> reporter: family members' nerves are on edge, as josh romney confided to diane in august. >> i hate the debates. trying to sit there and be cool and keep a smile on your face. inside you want to fall down. >> reporter: four years ago, michelle obama got so nervous in the debates, she didn't like to watch them. she'll be there tomorrow i
trail the focus is on today's september employment report. the next to last one before the election. ahead of the numbers, a new snapshot on jobsch the number of americans applying for first time unemployment benefits rose slightly for the week up 4,000 to 367,000. mortgage rates have tumbled again to fresh all time lows. 15 year loans are down to 2.69%. and 30 year mortgages are at 3.36%. zagot is out. wendy's is being reviewed and so is subway pizza hut taco bell and mcdonald's. starbucks today the coffee rating and the ceo says the company's goal was to open 1,000 new shops in the u.s. in the next five years. that could mean 20,000 new jobs. that's america's money. i am rob nelson. >>> you are watching the station that works for you. now,
. >> now, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: other big topics included medicare reform and the president's health care reform law. and while there wasn't a knockout punch from either side, some feel the president may have been too relaxed. >> he seems just a little bit detached at times. didn't want to be there. >> reporter: most agree romney led the debate. this first match-up could give him the boost he needed after lagging in many polls. >> knowing he's behind he needs to win and he fought that fight and stylistically he put the president on the defensive a number of time. >> reporter: the candidates are back on the trail today and the next big debate is next week when the vice presidential candidates go one-on-one. brandi hitt, abc news, denver. >> news around the nation this morning. >>> the mother and her five children jumped from a burning building when the flames trapped them inside. a camera was rolling the whole time and caught these terrifying moments. take a look at this. this happened in newark, new jersey, the fam
guest appearance on the show. that's happening right before the election. >> first ladies getting involved. >>> driving a bus carries responsibility. >> it does and coming up next, there is so much to worry about when you are on the bus. but getting attacked on the job shouldn't be one of them. we will show you what happened on one bus. the whole thing caught on camera. crear care 3q i can't stand these spots. those spots are actually leftover food and detergent residue that can redeposit on your dishware during the rinse cycle. gross. jet-dry rinse agent helps wash them away so the only thing left behind is the shine. jet-dry rinses away residues for a sparkling shine. >>> you're watching the station that works for you. now, good morning maryland. >> back to school shopping is over. the holidays are a ways off so now might be a good time to spend some money. >> between work and
of the victims. >>> to presidential politics now and five weeks until the election. the candidates are spending their last full day of prep before tomorrow night's all-important debate in denver. tahman bradley has more at what's at stake in their first faceoff. >> reporter: the stage is almost ready at the university of denver, where tomorrow night, president obama and mitt romney will go head-to-head during the first presidential debate. at a rally last night in denver, romney previewed one of his attacks. >> we had 40-straight weeks of unemployment above 8%. and what does the president say to all this? he says forward. i think forewarned a better term. >> reporter: romney's trailing president obama in polls. and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. that's why the candidate is practicing. huddled with mock advisers. in the mock debates, senator rob portman is playing barack obama. >> i don't like him very much anymore. >> reporter: as for president obama, he took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few call
of primary campaigns and elections, the race for the white house has come down to two candidates and tonight those men will meet for the first time in a highly anticipated debate from denver. a number of political pundits have said tonight's debate in colorado will go a long way toward separating those two candid obama and governor mitt romney from a very tightly-locked race. the campaigns, though, they're downplaying the expectations from tonight's squareoff between these two candidates. now, governor romney is now saying that tonight's debate is not going to go a really long way toward determining a definitive winner. let's listen. >> in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president or myself, it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. >> and by contrast, the president has been preparing outside of las vegas. to his supporters, he remains confident, but he says he's not underestimating his opponent. >> governor romney, he's a good debater
the election. and no president since fdr has won re-election with an unemployment rate above 7.2%. despite a recovering housing market, rising manufacturering, car sales, companies are pointing to a gbal slowdown. >> almost some jobs will be created in september. >> reporter: they're expecting a decent number. >>> we're going to turn to an explosive e-mail from the state department, that says that extra security requested by american diplomats in libya, before last month's deadly attacks were denied. the e-mail informs diplomats and their security team in benghazi, and tripoli, including ambassador stevens who was just killed, that flying personnel and equipment in that country was rejected. abc's jake tapper has more on this. with the hearings coming up next week, this could be explosive. >> reporter: it could be a big deal. absolutely right, elizabeth. after the attack in benghazi, one of the big questions is, did the obama administration recognize the deteriorating security situation in libya? and did they do everything to protect personnel in that country? abc news has obtained this e-
their facts and honing their one-liners. it's your voice, your vote, with just 37 days left until the election. abc's david kerley is with us here at the desk. good to see you. >> nice to be here. dan, this is a big debate. this is part performance, part policy. the stakes are always high. but for mitt romney, some are saying it's make or break. and for the president, leading in the polls, it's about not letting his challenger back in the race. president obama is in nevada this morning where he'll spend the next three days in debate camp. reportedly at this posh resort in henderson. and he heads into the debate with the latest gallup tracking poll still showing president obama holding a lead this morning, 6 points. >> this is the ball game for mitt romney. if romney doesn't do well in this debate it will be hard to get back in this race. >> reporter: both candidates have checklists. mitt romney has to avoid appearing detached. his to-do list, the three cs, show compassion, that he's competent and that he can indeed connect the voters. >> on those three cs, that's where he's got to really do we
continues for tom. >>> five weeks until the election. one day before the crucial presidential debate. >> both candidates working on their last minute preparations for their first face-off tomorrow night. abc's karen travers is joining us this morning with a preview of the debate. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, paula. it's been very quiet on the campaign trail as president obama and mitt romney hunkers down and prepares for wednesday's debate. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows a very tight race. both campaigns see tomorrow night as a big opportunity. >> reporter: this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years, and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama is working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs
be the difference in this election. >> the trash-talking among candidates is getting comical among campaign staff. what is the obama team expecting from romney tomorrow night? a candidate on attack? >> reporter: in key moments, when romney needs to attack, he has, to dispatch newt gingrich or rick parry. they are planning for that tomorrow night. >> we'll have the debates tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> a recall that began with peanut butter, sold at the grocery chain trader joe's, is widening after a salmonella outbreak. 30 people sick in 19 states so far. most of them kids under the age of 10. now, the company that supplied that peanut butter are recalling other nut products that are sold at some of the nation's biggest retailers. let's bring in dr. richard besser now. rich, this recall includes 101 different products, including products that aren't peanut butter. just products made with nuts. i wanted to throw everything out of my kitchen. >> that's a lot of products. it's covering a lot of different brands. you have to check the list to see if your products are there. for so
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